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  • The 'Rodney' Awards: Cars That Get No Respect Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 11:25 AM ET
    2007 Toyota Corolla

    With Detroit essentially shut down for the week between Christmas and New Year's, it's a good time to step back and hand out "The Rodneys": The car and auto brands that -- taking a note from comedian Rodney Dangerfield -- don't get enough respect, according to you, the reader.

  • Toyota to Cement Top Spot in 2008, Widen Gap with GM Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 8:07 AM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors.

  • Out Of The Office Today Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    We are out of the office until the New Year. Look for our Energy Tax Savings blog next week.

  • Five Christmas Wishes for The Auto Industry Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 1:21 PM ET
    Smart Car

    With Detroit and much of the auto industry shut down this week and gearing up for the Detroit Auto Show next month, I thought it would be a good time to take a few minutes and share my Christmas wishes for the auto world. I hope Santa brings you everything you want.

  • Gas Prices Drop: Lundberg Survey Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 3:31 PM ET

    The national average price for gasoline dropped about 3 cents over the last two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday.

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 6:27 PM ET

    A last minute buying spree on Wall Street could give the stock market a surprise bounce before the end of the year. "I think we're in for a real ramp up," says Jim Cramer.

  • The 'Vette: 'Rodney Dangerfield' of Autos? Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Occasionally, when I state my opinion about a particular car or automaker, I get swamped with e-mails from people who think I'm an idiot. Yesterday was one of those days: I was talking about the new Corvette ZR1...

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:32 PM ET

    Oracle's strong earnings could give some tech names a bounce Thursday though markets are again being haunted by credit worries, and another Wall Street firm is set to report earnings before the bell.

  • Merrill Lynch says fund managers it surveyed in December are more pessimistic about corporate profits than they have been in nearly a decade. Seventy-four percent believe we are in a late cycle phase of business expansion while four percent believe the economy has already entered global recession, the firm says.

  • Oil At $50 A Barrel: Can It Be That Low Again? Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 3:05 PM ET
    Patrons line up for fuel, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Cincinnati. Oil prices rose above $72 a barrel Tuesday ahead of an OPEC meeting in Venezuela and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season later this week. The Memorial Day holiday marked the beginning of the peak driving season in the U.S., a period when energy traders are extra skittish about any loss of oil production or refining capacity. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    As I watched the signing ceremony for another energy bill today, I thought, why bother? The push for more ethanol only seems to drive up the price of corn, displace other crops, and lead to food inflation for consumers. Energy independence? Please. We import roughly half the oil we use each day. That's a pretty big hurdle to independence.

  • Eight Predictions For Autos in 2008 Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    As we close out this year, I know some of you are asking, "Hey Toyota Phil (a nickname a friend gave me after accusing me of giving the Japanese automaker too much praise) what do you think will happen in the auto industry next year?" Well, since you asked, and I know some of you haven't asked, here are my prognostications for 2008.

  • Orion Energy Systems Soars in Market Debut Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    Orion Energy Systems soared in its market debut Wednesday, a day after an initial public offering priced in the middle of a forecast range.

  • Bush Signs Energy Bill Boosting Auto Fuel Economy Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    President Bush signed into law Wednesday legislation that will bring more fuel-efficient vehicles into auto showrooms and require wider use of ethanol, calling it "a major step" toward energy independence and easing global warming.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 9:48 PM ET

    Stocks staged a mini comeback Tuesday after a day that saw indexes seesaw on both sides of the unchanged line. The market once more fretted over the financial sector and could do the same on Wednesday.

  • Mad Mail: Medco or Express Scripts? Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 7:21 PM ET

    It was a tough call for Cramer. What did he decide?Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Will Oil Get High On Its Own Supply? Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 7:14 PM ET

    Is the weakness in energy prices a signal that an economic slowdown is imminent?

  • US House OKs Energy Bill; Bush to Sign into Law Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 2:13 PM ET
    Patrons line up for fuel, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Cincinnati. Oil prices rose above $72 a barrel Tuesday ahead of an OPEC meeting in Venezuela and the start of the Atlantic hurricane season later this week. The Memorial Day holiday marked the beginning of the peak driving season in the U.S., a period when energy traders are extra skittish about any loss of oil production or refining capacity. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    The House on Tuesday approved an energy bill to increase the fuel efficiency of U.S. cars and trucks for the first time since 1975, boost production of renewable motor fuels like ethanol and cut energy use in light bulbs and appliances.

  • Energy Tax Benefits: Time Is Running Out To Save Money Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 2:11 PM ET

    The first winter we spent in our new home I kept them temperature at a toasty 75 degrees constantly, until I got the first heating oil bill. To cut the costs for the next blistering cold season, we put insulation in our attic and I figured out how to use the programmable thermostat.

  • Key Provisions of Energy Bill Passed by US House Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 2:10 PM ET

    The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed a broad energy bill that will boost automobile fuel efficiency standards and require more use of renewable fuels like ethanol.

  • Feast on These Casual-Dining Stocks Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET

    Bryan Elliott, senior restaurant analyst for Raymond James, says it's time for investors to feast on casual-dining stocks: "Keep in mind we're talking about long-term, couple-of-year time frame. ...We think there's tremendous value in a number of stocks out there."

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